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What is CoQ10?
Introduced to the medical community in 1957,
Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10 for short) is also known as ubiquinone, a term indicative of this enzyme's coverage in the human body. In the complicated process of converting food into ATP, the energy needed by the body to function, the CoQ10 helps the mitochondria, the source of power in our cells.
Similar to a fat soluble vitamin, CoQ10 exists in all body cells and serves as a catalyst required by cells for the production of energy. Even though it is present in a variety of foods, it is especially highly concentrated in organ meats (heart, liver and kidneys) as well as peanuts, beef, mackerel oil, and soy. As a frame of reference, you would have to eat two and a half pounds of peanuts, a pound of sardines and two pounds of beef for an intake of 30 mg of the enzyme. In healthy people, the combination of natural synthesis and intake of CoQ10 is enough to maintain normal levels. Toxicity and side effects have not been reported.
The CoQ10 in the body is essential for the cells to work correctly. While produced naturally, people with chronic diseases like cancer, heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, muscular dystrophies and diabetes have lower levels of this enzyme. Aging and the use of some prescription drugs have also been reported to lower levels of CoQ10.
CoQ10 is present in almost every cell in the body. Within the cell, it is the mitochondria (the epicenter of energy production) that contains the most Coenzyme Q10. Since the highest concentration of mitochondria is found in the heart and liver, these are the organs with the greatest accumulation of this enzyme.
Relationship Between CoQ10 and a Healthy Heart
It has been reported that Simvastatin, Pravastatin, Lovastatin and Gemfibrozil (so called Statin drugs) can reduce the body's concentration of CoQ10 and dampen its effect. Because these drugs impact the production of the enzyme by the liver,
Coenzyme Q10 could be taken as a supplement to prevent a deficiency.
congestive heart failure, the heart is unable to pump blood sufficiently, resulting in decreased blood flow to the lungs and other body organs. The heart has several "fall-back" plans to address this, including enlarging over time to pump more blood, beating faster, or by thickening its ventricular walls.
To understand how CoQ10 works, let's look at ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
ATP is a molecule that accumulates the energy necessary to facilitate most of the human body's biochemical processes. Likewise, it is a source of energy for muscles. Since the heart is a muscle constantly moving, its need of ATP is also constant. In the absence of CoQ10, ATP will not be produced. This indicates the crucial function that CoQ10, highly concentrated in the heart, performs to regulate the nuts and bolts of the human body. Without CoQ10, cells die. It acts as an antioxidant in lipid membranes and mitochondria. In the mitochondria, Coenzyme Q10 is located where the creation of free radicals takes place at the time of nutrient oxidation and ATP production.
Fred L. Crane and his partners discovered CoQ10 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Enzyme Institute in 1957. Since then, over 1.600 articles on the benefits and relevance of this coenzyme have been written by researchers and universities. By 1978, Peter D. Mitchell received the Nobel Prize for his contribution to Chemistry and his advanced research on the role of CoQ10 in the production of energy in the cells.
CoQ10 is necessary to provide 95% of the body's energy. The biggest concentration of CoQ10 is found in the lungs, liver and heart which boosts cardiovascular function.
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Coenzyme Q10 and Statin-Induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction
Ochsner J. 2010 Spring; 10(1): 16–21.
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by Richard Deichmann, MD, Carl Lavie, MD, and Samuel Andrews, MD
Linus Pauling Institute
Micronutrient Research for Optimum Health
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